Mini coaster albums

Friday, December 26, 2008

I have been so busy making photo tile coasters for my friends that I haven't had time to make much else. But I did make these mini scrapbooks from thin chipboard coasters for my BIL and SIL's for Christmas. I had printed the pictures a few weeks ago with every intention of getting these done early for Christmas but ended up making them late on Christmas Eve. I think they turned out fairly cute and my SIL's loved them. Anyone who doesn't scrapbook finds things like this great regardless of whether I think they are very good.

VBS 07 page

Monday, December 15, 2008

I made this page the other night at my BIL's. It is for Kyle's book and it is from VBS 2007. I took inspiration from the picture in the top left corner to put the stars on the page. The picture of Kyle in the top right corner is one of my favorite pictures of him.

Supplies used: Red Riding hood CS, Yoyo Yellow and Brillant Blue scraps for the stars, CM star punch, and yellow letter stickers.

3rd grade page

Friday, December 12, 2008

I made this page the other day for Kaitlyn's book. It is of her first days of the 3rd grade.

Supplies used: Pacific Point and Wild Wasabi CS, some random pattern paper, various rub-ons

Jane's Christmas Card

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I got this Christmas card the other day in the mail from my friend Jane. It is too pretty to not share. I wish I could take credit for this card, I love the way she used the silver on the back and then a separate piece of green for the front. The trees are embossed in silver and the Merry Christmas is embossed in red. The she even put some red bling on it! Gorgeous!

CM tags

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I went to my friend and CM consultant Amy's house on Saturday for her open house. She had some cute little tags for a make and take project. We used the CM tag punch to make all these tags. I didn't make two of them (she had 10). I took Kaitlyn with me so she could make some too. I ended up just punching the tags out and Kaitlyn really did the rest. She so enjoys doing this and these had very simple instructions that she could follow. Here they are:

And then this one is my favorite of the 10 she had even though the picture is not very good.

Hurricane Harbor pages

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Here are the pages I made for my kids book of our trip to Hurricane Harbor, the water park at Six Flags in St. Louis.

The first is Kaitlyn's two page layout. I used the Rainbow Sherbet paper pack as my base with Green Galore and Tempting Turquoise accents. I found these letter stickers that I wanted to use after I had laid out my page and they didn't show up well on the turquoise paper so I put them on white and cut around them. I also used Big Flowers and Little Pieces stamp set and circle punched the images to accent the page.

This two page layout is for Kyle's book. Again I used the Rainbow Sherbet paper pack (great pack for summer time water pictures) but this time I used Apricot Appeal for my accents. I stamped the letters using Letterpress stamp set with Tempting Turquoise ink. I think the left side of this page needs something else, I just can't figure out what it is.

More Photo Coasters

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I made three more sets of photo coasters on Friday night (I went to another crop). These are for my BIL and both SIL's families for Christmas. I am pretty sure they don't read this blog (I can barely get them to read my personal blog) so I think I am safe posting them. I think these turned out much better than the ones I posted the other day.

Kiddie rides page

Friday, November 21, 2008

Here is a two page layout I made for Kyle's book. The pictures are of him riding the rides this summer when we went to Six Flags.

Supplies Used: Base is Pacific Point, Red Riding Hood and some random DP as accents, chipboard that I colored with the red marker, red and brown brads, journaling printed on computer.

8th Birthday party page

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Today is Kaitlyn's birthday so you get two posts from me in one day! My daughter turns 9 today!! This page is of Kaitlyn's 8th birthday party last year. I am really happy with the way this two page layout turned out. She had a scrapbook party. All the girls brought about 5-6 pictures and we made a photo card. I had the party at my friend Amy's house, she is my Creative Memories consultant.

I used a dark purple I got from Archiver's for the base with Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion and some birthday girl pattern paper for the accents. I used two of the jumbo pewter eyelets and ran a piece eggplant ribbon through it. I had some turquoise bling that I added to the pink paper on the right side. I cut the pictures in the strip on the right side using my 2 inch square punch. I printed my journaling from the computer and used pink sassy CM letters for the title.

Photo coasters

I was so excited to try these yesterday when I got home. I followed this tutorial found on Splitcoast (where else?). I am somewhat happy with the way they turned out. I think my coasters are too dark (you know not white enough). For some reason when I was swiping the modge podge on them they seemed to get dirty. By the last one I did (the one on the bottom right in the first picture) there was black dirty stuff on my brush, and I did wipe off the coasters. Oh well, I was just too thrilled that the pictures actually printed on tissue paper through my printer. I am going to try and get some different coasters and make several of these as gifts for Christmas.

Here are a couple of close ups:
I think the one of just my daughter turned out the best.

A girly page for not-so girly pictures

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Here is one of the pages I did this past weekend. It is the only page that wasn't a two page spread. I made the page real girly even though the pictures are not. This a page of my daughter riding a motorcycle and 4-wheeler one day out at my BIL's house.

So productive!

Monday, November 17, 2008

I was so productive craftly speaking this weekend. I went to a crop on Friday night and then also scrapped at my BIL's on Sat. night and Sun. night. Since my stuff was so organized from me going to the crop it was easy to grab it and take it with me. I got 13 pages complete!!! Well almost complete, I am working on typing up the journaling now and then I will adhere those when I get home. I think that is more pages complete than I have done in 6 months so I am super excited about that. My last few pages were starting to look awfully boring though so I think all my creativity had left me by then. I will have all those to post in the days to come so watch for that. I also made 10 Christmas cards. I got the first finished at the crop and then it was easy to cut the pieces and put them together on Saturday morning.

Here is the picture but keep in mind that my little camera I keep in my purse in broke. The screen is cracked and just shows black. I can still take a picture but I have no idea what I am taking a picture of. This one is actually not too bad and at least it will show you the card. I am too excited about my progress to have to wait to share anything yet. I will try and take a better picture when I get home.

Supplies used: Red Riding hood base for the card, random Christmas DP, Gable Green for the scallop square, 2.5 inch scallop square punch (thanks Amy), 2 inch square punch, markers, celery ribbon and several hot spot Christmas stamps from Archiver's.

ETA: here is a better picture of one of the cards:

Free Make and Take (2)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Archiver's had another free make and take this weekend. Here are the two things I made:

We used a piece of acetate to stamp the tree and then shaded the card with the green ink and a sponge. Simple yet pretty!

And I really like this gift tag. I especially like the glitter red paper we used (not sure if you can see the glitter part real well in the photo but it really adds something extra to the tag). Amy and I think we have the two scallop squares (I have one and she has the next size up) so I hope to make some cute tags at the crop this Friday.


Monday, November 10, 2008

I made these mini notepads and post-it holders the other day. They are pretty simple and again easily done with the Scor-pal.

Supplies used: Rose Red, Regal Rose, white cardstock; Rose ribbon; Live Your Dream stamp set and I colored my images with the markers.

Mini magazine holder

Friday, November 7, 2008

I made this mini magazine holder yesterday to give to my friend Wendy as a small gift for her upcoming birthday. It holds 6 3x3 notecards. I got the directions for the holder here. With the help of the scor-pal it was really simple. I didn't have time to decorate the holder and the next one I make I will do that.

I used Regal Rose for the holder and white for the notecards. I used the Big Flowers stamp set and some random word set that I have. I used Rose Red, Regal Rose, More Mustard and Old Olive ink to stamp my images.

Softball page

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Here is another page I did last Friday night at the crop. It is a simple page of Kaitlyn's softball this past spring.

I am loving the new In Color Red Riding Hood, it seems to match a lot of what I have been doing lately!


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Here is another double page layout I have been working on. This idea for a layout is kinda outdated but I have always wanted to do a mosaic page but have never had the perfect pictures. Well in March we went to the Opryland Hotel for the Lads to Leaders convention and I took lots of pictures of my kids and a few of the flowers. I just have to journal on the pink block but otherwise I like the way it turned out.

Left side:

Right side:

Favorites at 5

Monday, October 20, 2008

I saw this idea in one of my Creating Keepsakes for a page idea. Kyle just turned 5 so I thought it was a perfect idea. I asked him what his favorites were. I asked him again the next day just to see if he would tell me the same thing and he says "I already told you that". I guess he liked his answers the first time.

I used Carrie's Making Memories paint to paint my chipboard letters. I didn't have the 5 when I did the page on Friday night so I had to go and buy a 5. I decided to glitter the 5 to make it stand out more. I was really liking this page until I glittered the 5, I didn't like how that turned out so I may go buy another one and just paint it.

Glitter chipboard letters

Monday, August 18, 2008

I am so into using chipboard lately on my pages. I wanted some arrows to point on the picture where Kaitlyn is on the ride (since I did not take my good camera with the zoom to the amusement park). I couldn't find any stickers but I did find these chipboard pieces. Well then I decided I needed chipboard letters for my title to go with the arrows. I stamped them in Regal Rose craft ink. Then I decided I would put some irredesent ice on them and heat emboss it. So I got a little carried away but I love the way it turned out.

The double page spread:

Here is a closer view of the left side:

And here is a closer view of the letters, I tried to get it close enough so you can see the glitter:

Almost a month

Friday, August 15, 2008

Ack, I can't believe it has been almost a month since I have posted anything to this blog. I have been making some scrapbook pages just not taking the pictures of them. It is actually easier for me to update this blog during the school year because at home I don't have a desk and pictures seem to upload faster at school. But I took several pictures of some things last night so that I can at least post a few things over the next week.

Over the summer I finally got Kyle a new book and added some pages to it. I had pages made for him just not in a book anywhere. Actually I had 70 pages complete that were not in a book anywhere. I don't necessarily scrap my pages in chronological order (b/c I scrap what I am inspired to at the moment) but I put them in the book in chronological order. I finally got myself organized with a journal type book. So now I have a list for Kaitlyn, Kyle and Family albums and I know what need to be done and in what order. I put 8 pages in Kyle's book and a couple in Kaitlyn's so I still have a ways to go.

Here is a page I made the other day of the water rides at Six Flags. This page is for Kaitlyn's book.

My AHA moment

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I was reading a blog yesterday and had the biggest AHA moment. I have always wondered how people make these great scrapbook pages with the perfect size pictures. I want Photoshop Elements for my computer but have not purchased it yet and I figured people must have been loading their pictures and printing them smaller (and I don't print my own pictures). Then I saw this post on Paper Jewels and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Now I cannot download that Shutterfly program because I have a Mac (after all the cute commercials you would think more people would get on board with making programs that work for both PC and Macs, but that is another post entirely). But I do use Shutterfly to upload and print my pictures. I recently discovered this program on my computer called Comic Life. It is supposed to be used to make Comics (and educational ones at that) but I use it to make cute little picture layouts. I can create these layouts and upload them as a jpeg to Shutterfly and then cut them up to have the perfect sized photo. I have been wanting to make some coaster sized scrapbooks but did not have pictures that were small enough to work. DUH, I can print them smaller.

Anyone have any AHA scrapbook moments you would like to share?

Here is a sample layout I made a while ago with the Comic Life program:

Homemade box

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I saw this tutorial when I was blurfing (that would be blog surfing) the other day. I wanted to try and make one. I think it turned out okay. It is not as straight as I would like and I am not sure why but it still works. It could hold different things but I made this one for recipes. I am giving it to my friend Courtney tonight. She was the July Bunco hostess but I left her gift at home. I also added a binder clip and a post-it keychain with it.

Here is the inside view of the box from the top:

And here is the whole set:

Dumb black letters

Friday, July 11, 2008

It has been a while since I have posted a new page or card but honestly it has been a while since I created a page or card or anything for that matter. But I have completed 3 pages in the last 2 days. Well 2 of them are not actually complete but I am going to show them to you anyway. My title on this page is not finished because apparently I like these black letters a little too much. I have 3 sheets of them and I have no a's, t's, r's or e's. I will have to buy some more when Amy (aka CM consultant of mine) gets back from vacation. Then I can call it officially complete. You will just have to pretend.

I made this 2-page layout for Kyle's book of our venture at the Bartlett Celebration. I tried to make a hot air balloon and it didn't turn out so well but it kinda works. I also looked everywhere for hot air balloon stickers or embellishments of some sort. I will end up with 3 2-page layouts for this event (for 3 different scrapbooks) but I have no hot air balloon stuff. I did think this checkered paper was perfect for it though.

Left side close up:

Right side close up: